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The annual winter bug count occurs throughout December, January, and February for Alberta and Saskatchewan. Any arthropod (insect, spider, sowbug, etc) found active indoors or out, on land or in water (but not including pets or pet food) counts. Take a photo and post it on the iNaturalist Winter Bug Count Project for help in identifying it and to submit it to this year's count! Click here to watch a YouTube video description of the event by Naturalist John Acorn.

Recent Articles

A cuckoo wasp (family Chrysididae), a beautiful parasite that lays eggs in the nests of other wasps and bees. By John Acorn.

Do You “Do Bugs”?

2 November 2021

BY JOHN ACORN

Bug appreciation is on the rise. Macro photography is easier than ever before, and there are countless places online where you can submit arthropod images for identification or appreciation by others.

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Rocky Mountain Wood Ticks (Dermacentor andersoni) by Dan Johnson, Lethbridge

Ticked Off

21 July 2021

As you get ready for bed, your mind wanders and you think, “Did I lock the door? Did I turn off the stove? Did I blow out that candle…?” But did you remember to check for unwanted guests that may have hitched a ride home with you on your afternoon hike? It could be that tiny pests are ready to dig in for a feast!

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